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Compiled by Assistant Editor Alfredo G. Evangelista. Send your community briefs to

Annak Ti San Nicolas, Maui Chapter

Members of the Annak Ti San Nicolas, Maui Chapter celebrated the holidays at the residence of their Treasurer Edwin Caraang.

Anak ti San Nicolas Maui Chapter holiday celebration.
Photo courtesy Anak ti San Nicolas Maui Chapter

Binhi At Ani

Celebrate your special events at Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center. The Center can be rented from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for $1,150 (including the cleaning fee) plus a $300 security deposit; from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $800 (including the cleaning fee) plus a $300 security deposit; or from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $950 (including the cleaning fee) plus a $300 security deposit. If there will be alcohol, there is a $300 additional fee and you must hire two licensed bartenders.

The office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Telephone (808) 877-7880.

Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center is now open for rentals.
Photo: Ceasar Lizada Photography

A Bayanihan Christmas: Aggie Cabebe Scholarship Fundraiser

The Fundraiser raised enough funds to be able to award three $2,000 scholarships as part of Binhi at Ani’s Scholarship Program. The 2023 Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center.

The children of the late Aggie Cabebe Marcia and Raymond at A Bayanihan Christmas: Aggie Cabebe Scholarship Fundraiser.
Photo: Freddy Godoy

Donations for the Scholarship are still being accepted. Checks payable to Binhi at Ani [Memo Aggie Cabebe Scholarship] can be mailed to the Center.

Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

The Binhi at Ani 2023 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at The Dunes at Maui Lani. The Shotgun Start will begin at 7 a.m., with check in by 6 a.m. (breakfast bento will be provided). There are two levels of sponsorship: Platinum ($1,400) for eight players, tee sponsor, all par 3 contests, four mulligans per player, and a listing in the Mahalo ad. Gold ($750) for four players, tee sponsor, all par 3 contests, two mulligans per player, and a listing in the Mahalo ad. Tee Sponsors are also available at $100. The deadline is February 15 with the early bird registration of February 1, which will enter you into a drawing sponsored by Friends of Yuki Lei. Plus a special drawing for airfare to the Philippines courtesy of Philippine Airlines. Don’t wait as this Tournament always sells out early!

Register NOW for this year’s Binhi at Ani Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Photo: Alfredo G. Evangelista

Bayanihan Feeding Program

The program provides a Sunday lunch to Hale Mahaolu Residents in Central Maui (Hale Mahaolu Elua and Hale Mahaolu Akahi, which was added in October). As of December 31, a total of 11,842 meals were delivered. There is a need for additional teams of volunteers to prepare the free lunches.

Create a Team by signing up: Tax-deductible donations are accepted via Paypal or a Credit/Debit card or by mailing a check payable to Binhi at Ani, 780 Onehe‘e Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732 [Memo: Feeding Program].

The Maui Filipino Community Council team helps with the Bayanihan Feeding Program.
Photo courtesy Maui Filipino Community Council

Enhance®Fitness for Kupuna at Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center classes are continuing. They are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Enhance®Fitness is a low-cost ongoing evidence-based group exercise and falls prevention program helping older adults at all levels of fitness to become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives. For more information on Enhance®Fitness, contact Enhance®Fitness Coordinator Ginny Kiick (808) 280-6251 or or Wellness Coordinator Claudettte Medeiros (808) 463-3166 or

Enhance®Fitness for Kūpuna at Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center classes are held.
Photo: Claudette Medeiros

Maria Lanakila FilipinoCatholic Club

Maria Lanakila Filipino Catholic Club is preparing for the February 11, 2023 Mass for Homebound and Kupuna Parishioners with Anointing of the Sick at St. Marianne Hall at 11 a.m. Lunch bento and fellowship to follow.

Maui Filipino Community Council

Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant will be held on June 2, 2023 and the Pageant is recruiting contestants who must be a single Filipino woman (at least 25 percent Filipino ancestry) and between the ages of 18 and 27 by December 31, 2023. Contact Michelle Santos at (808) 264-071 for more information.

Rizal Day Maria Clara and Barong Gala was held on December 29.

Madison Yu-Cua was awarded the Outstanding Youth Award. Yu-Cua is a senior at Lahainaluna HS with a grade point average of 4.4, currently ranking 1/236. She is active in student government and is the Senior Class President. Yu-Cua is also a member of the National Honor Society where she serves as Chapter President. She will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Lahainaluna HS Class of 2023 commencement exercises.

Rizal Day Most Outstanding Awardees (from left): Madison Yu-Cua, Gregory Torricer Peros, Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran and Erlinda “Linda” Rosario.

Gregory Torricer Peros was awarded the Outstanding Member Award. Peros’ roots are from Santo Domingo, in the Province of Ilocos Sur. His father was a Sakada who worked for H.C.&S. Peros graduated from Baldwin HS and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He returned home in 1968 and joined the Maui Police Department in 1976 and retired in 1999. In 1991, Peros was awarded both the Maui County Police Officer of the Year award and the State of Hawai‘i Police Officer of the Year award. Peros has served the Filipino community for over fifty years, and has held leadership positions in several organizations.

Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran was awarded the Outstanding Citizen Award. Keith-Agaran is currently the State Senator for District 5 (Kahului, Pu‘unēnē, Waihe‘e, Waikapū Mauka, and Wailuku) and serves as the Vice Chairperson of the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee, where he is the lead negotiator on state capital improvement projects. Keith-Agaran previously served as a State Representative for Kahului. Keith-Agaran also served on the cabinet of Governor Benjamin Cayetano (Chairperson, Board of Land & Natural Resources; Director, Department of Labor & Industrial Relations; Deputy Director, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; and Deputy Director, Department of Land & Natural Resources) and Mayor Alan Arakawa (Director, Department of Public Works). Keith-Agaran is a partner in the Takitani Agaran Jorgensen & Wildman LLLP law firm. He is an alum of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley; Yale College; and Maui HS.

Erlinda Rosario was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. Rosario is a McDonald’s franchisee owner/operator of six restaurants on Maui (Kahului, Kahana, Lahaina, Pukalani, Dairy Road and Wal-Mart of Kahului). Her son Grelyn owns and operates three restaurants on the North Shore on O‘ahu. Rosario began her career with McDonald’s in 1970, newly arrived from the Province of Ilocos Sur, at the age of 18. She began as a crew member at Waiakamilo, rose to a store manager at Waipahu and in 1982 became the area supervisor of six Honolulu restaurants. In 1988, Rosario became a field consultant and worked with McDonald’s franchisees. Rosario became a franchise owner herself in 1990 with the Pukalani restaurant.

Philippine Nurses Association of Maui, Hawai‘i

Philippine Nurses Association of Maui, Hawai‘i will be hosting the 21st PNAA Western Region Conference on April 20-23, 2023 at the Maui Beach Hotel. Themed “Lokahi (United): We Care,” the Conference will bring together twelve chapters of the Philippine Nurses Association of America’s Western Region and will showcase excellence in leadership, education, research and exemplary clinical practice. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, advertiser, exhibitor and/or vendor (the deadline is February 20, 2023), please contact PNAMHi President Angelina Saiki at or PNAMHi Executive Director Lucy Christine Porte at